How Connected Cultures Create Happiness at Work

How Connected Cultures Create Happiness at Work

Creating and maintaining a connected workplace culture is essential in promoting happiness and positive mental health and wellbeing at work. On average, we spend 57% of our waking hours working so it is important that this time is spent in an environment where we feel connected and happy so that we can thrive. Workplace happiness benefits both the individual and the organisation as happy employees are more productive, cooperative, innovative, and creative. At TalkOut we know that connected cultures help boost happiness, wellbeing, and positive mental health.

Firstly, when it comes to creating connected workplace cultures, communication is key! Communication, both amongst colleagues and organisation wide, is key in creating happy working environments where employees feel a sense of belonging and purpose. When people feel a sense of purpose at work, they feel connected to themselves and their workplace, and by encouraging employees to regularly check-in with one another they will also feel connected to others. We know that human connection lowers the rates of mental health issues within the workplace. Taking the time to ask colleagues about their mental health allows people to build meaningful relationships at work which develops a culture of trust, openness, and honesty.

Self-care is often something we practice outside of working hours, but we know how important it is for employees to practice self-care within the working day. Self-care is essential in feeling connected to ourselves and our wellbeing and it is as simple as getting some fresh air, going for a walk, reading a book, having regular breaks, eating and drinking regularly or practicing mindfulness. By practicing self-care in the workplace, we can bring more enjoyment into our working day which will ultimately make us happier.

As well as practicing self-care we must also show compassion and care to others whilst at work. When we take the time to build deep and meaningful workplace connections, we can spot the signs of mental health issues in our colleagues more easily and we are better able to support them. We can support our colleagues by saying ‘I have noticed that you haven’t been yourself lately, are you okay?’ or ‘I wanted to check-in to see how you are feeling’. By showing care, compassion, and empathy to others we create happier workplaces where people feel safe and secure to talk out.

We often wear a mask in the workplace which portrays our professional work persona – a more well put together version of ourselves. Wearing a mask to hide our true feelings is exhausting and will act as a barrier from our colleagues supporting us at work. However, when we talk openly and honestly about how we feel, take care of ourselves at work, and build meaningful and compassionate connections with others, we create a culture where people feel comfortable to be their authentic self.

We know that talking out is the most powerful tool that we have when it comes to creating connected and happy workplaces. The saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ comes to mind as we know that being open and talking about mental health struggles helps to manage feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. However, we also know that people can find it difficult to talk about their mental health and that is okay! The key is to provide a psychologically safe environment where people feel they can talk out when/if they are ready to. By talking openly and regularly we can build connected and happy workforces whilst disrupting the stigma around mental health!

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